Do you know what superannuation is for?

A review last year shows people don't have a clear view of the retirement savings system -...
A review last year shows people don't have a clear view of the retirement savings system - whether it was the pension or the role of retirement savings. Photo: Getty Images
The Retirement Commissioner is offering a definition of the country's retirement system, after discovering people did not know what superannuation was for.

The commissioner, Jane Wrightson, said a review last year showed people did not have a clear view of the retirement savings system - whether it was the pension or the role of retirement savings.

"Some considered it was there to prevent poverty and ensure people retained dignity in old age, others saw it as providing a basic standard of living, as a gesture of care for the elderly or as a reward for working hard and paying taxes."

To clarify thinking and future action, her office has come up with a definition which is a framework that ensures older people can live with dignity by providing them with an adequate pension and support them to build their own savings.

Wrightson said the definition would provide a much-needed base to refer to when retirement issues are debated in the future.

"This statement acknowledges the dual role of Government and the individual in preparing for their retirement.

"Whether people use KiwiSaver or another vehicle to build independent savings, they must be supported in putting money away for retirement because for many, NZ Super alone will not be enough.

"This is particularly true for many Māori, whose disparity in living standards throughout their lives affect their quality of life as they age."

Wrightson said policy in such areas as health care and housing should also be viewed through a retirement lens, as they would have a significant bearing on people's standards of living during retirement.

Add a Comment

drivesouth-pow-classic-2.png

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter